Hermione, following her fantastic blog inspired by International Women’s Day, has given me the great opportunity to give you some more insight into the thoughts of UYHC’s female members and what the club means to us. UYHC is a huge part of my life at York and I’m so pleased to be able to celebrate the steps it’s taking to improve its culture to enhance the extraordinary equality and openness it has already achieved as a club.
What Does Being a Female Mean to You?
Rather than highlighting qualities which may be specifically associated with being a woman, I believe the most important principle to emphasise is that of equality, and is a standard we should continue to uphold. For me, above all other connotations, equality means respecting and valuing each individual regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity or sexuality. Therefore, personally, being a female means being committed to removing preconceptions and acknowledging our responsibility to promote equality between people in order to appreciate them as unique individuals.
What is the Importance of Sport in Your Life?
It’s hard to express how important sport is to me, as it is something that has been in my life for so long. Participating in sport has given me so much. It has taught me what commitment means, the discipline needed to achieve your goals and the confidence to pursue them. Above all, for me the most fantastic thing about sport is that sense of being part of a team, and some of my strongest friendships have been made through this.
What Has Been Your Best Achievement Since Joining UYHC?
This weekend marked my biggest achievement since joining UYHC, as I completed my role as the club’s fixtures secretary. This season I was responsible for organising over 100 matches for our five weekend teams, something which, whilst involving an unimaginable number of emails, has not only been rewarding but also really enjoyable! I’m also honoured and delighted to be elected as UYHC’s female president for the coming year. Both I and our new male president, Fred Charlton, are excited to work with everyone next year and will give our all to help the club continue to develop and build on the many successes it has had so far. We both have confidence that UYHC can achieve truly great things!
How Has UYHC Helped Shape and Develop You As a Person?
One of the greatest things about UYHC is the experiences it offers to its members both on and off the pitch. I think the most significant difference UYHC has made to me as a person is the confidence and support it has given me in my life at York. As a huge mixed, yet tight-knit, club it has allowed me to make the best friendships I could have asked for, and is the thing which my life at university has been anchored around since I arrived, whether it’s playing with my teammates, giving pitch-side support or, of course, witnessing the madness of UYHC on a Wednesday night!
"Being a female means being committed to removing preconceptions and acknowledging our responsibility to promote equality between people in order to appreciate them as unique individuals."
"Equality means respecting and valuing each individual regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity or sexuality."